November 19, 2017

UNESCO 21st General Assembly

14-15 November 2017, UNESCO headquarters, Paris: During the 21st session of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, the General Assembly elected twelve new members to the World Heritage Committee: Australia, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Guatemala, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain and Uganda. The current composition of the World Heritage Committee is therefore as follows: Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, Cuba, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zimbabwe   For further information: http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1748

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NRW appoints Brexit envoy

Dr. Friedrich Merz – Picture by Munich Security Conference, photographer Kai Mörk. Tuesday, 7 November 2017, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany: NRW Premier Armin Laschet has appointed veteran politician Dr. Friedrich Merz as special representative of NRW for Brexit, in order to prepare businesses in the most populous German federal state for the impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union. Till 2002 Dr. Friedrich Merz was a prominent member of Germany’s Christian Democrats, in fact heading the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag. For further information:  https://www.land.nrw/de/pressemitteilung/ministerpraesident-armin-laschet-beruft-friedrich-merz-zum-beauftragten-fuer-die 

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Application Process for Defence & Victims’ Counsel Opens

On the picture President, Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova. Upon approval of the President, Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, following consultations with the Judges, the Registrar Dr Fidelma Donlon has adopted today the Directive on Counsel. The Directive on Counsel establishes the requirements for admission to a List of Counsel. Only Counsel meeting the requirements for a List of Counsel may be appointed or assigned by the Registrar to represent a suspect, an accused or a group of victims. Applications for inclusion on: –           The List of Specialist Counsel – should be sent to the Defence Office of the Registry of the Kosovo Specialist…

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Prosecutor Serge Brammertz on a two-day mission to Belgrade

ICTY and MICT Prosecutor Serge Brammertz will be in Belgrade on 1 and 2 November, as part of preparations for his regular biannual reports to the UN Security Council (UNSC), due to be presented in December. The Prosecutor will meet with President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić and Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor Snežana Stanojković. Additionally, he will meet with members of the diplomatic community. With the ICTY closing at the end of this year, the Office of the Prosecutor of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (OTP MICT) will take over the remaining tasks of the OTP ICTY. MICT Prosecutor Serge…

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ICC to receive 2017 Stockholm Human Rights Award

The International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) is honoured to have been awarded the 2017 Stockholm Human Rights Award, bestowed annually by the Swedish Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the International Legal Assistance Consortium in recognition of work advancing international justice and strengthening respect for human rights. The award will be formally received by the ICC President, Prosecutor and Registrar in Stockholm, Sweden, on 20 November 2017, at a ceremony held in the presence of Their Majesties King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, and eminent guests. This prize is a recognition of the importance of international…

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ICTY President Judge Carmel Agius to pay official visit to Serbia this week

President Judge Carmel Agius with judges during his visit to Belgrade. ICTY President Judge Carmel Agius will conduct an official visit to Belgrade, Serbia, from 31 October – 2 November 2017. This will be the final in a series of visits that the President is paying to the countries of the former Yugoslavia before the Tribunal closes down at the end of this year. During his visit, President Agius will meet with high-level officials, including President Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić and the Minister of Justice Nela Kuburović,…

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Khalid Bandar Sultan Al Saud to lead Berlin Embassy

Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – Picture by WEF. Berlin: HRH Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was accredited as Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the Federal Republic of Germany. Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan is a son of the long-timed Saudi Ambassador to the USA, HRH Prince Bandar bin Sultan in office between 1983 and 2005. The Oxford and Massachusetts-educated royal has hitherto been a businessman with interests in his native Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the UK. His spouse, HH Princess Lucy, is a British-born aristocrat…

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Catalonian representations closed down

                            As per ministerial ordinance from 30 October 2017 all Catalan trade representations abroad are to cease operations. Only exception is the representation located in Brussels because of the special relation of the Spanish Autonomous Communities vis-à-vis the EU Committee of Regions. However the representation’s delegate to the EU, Mr Amadeu Altafaj has resigned after he unsuccessfully endeavoured to becoming “Acting Permanent Representative of Catalonia to the EU”; a position reserved for independent states accredited to the European Union. The representations in France, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Germany, USA, Canada…

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Halbe Zijlstra the new Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Halbe Zijlstra, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs. By Anton Lutter. After 208 days of negotiating, being the longest period creating a new government program after the march 15 parliamentary elections, a cabinet has been formed by the VVD, CDA, D’66 and CU political parties under the slogan “Trust in the future“, with Mark Rutte as third time prime minister. For the readers of Diplomat Magazine the new Minister of Foreign Affairs will surely be of prime interest, although every ministry has an international office within its walls. Even for political insiders the choice of Mr. Halbe Zijlstra as Minister…

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Ladislav Hamran elected President of Eurojust

Mr Ladislav Hamran, President elected of Eurojust. Today, the College of Eurojust elected Ladislav Hamran, currently Vice-President of Eurojust, as well as National Member for the Slovak Republic, as the new President of Eurojust. Mr Hamran will replace Michèle Coninsx, who is leaving Eurojust. In accordance with Article 28(2) of the Eurojust Council Decision and Article 3(1) of the Rules of Procedure of Eurojust, the result of the election will be submitted to the Council for approval. Ladislav Hamran has 17 years’ experience as a prosecutor. He started working at the General Prosecution Office in Bratislava in 2003, investigating and…

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